Liam Lawrence gives up on dithering Celtic
As recently as the weekend he claimed the imminent 10m sale of international team-mate Aiden McGeady to Spartak Moscow would clear the way for Celtic to make a bid for him but he now appears to have performed a U-turn.
"The idea of a move to Celtic was really appealing at the end of last season," he said.
"It has gone on for so long now and they have bought a lot of players.
"Clearly, they've had plenty of opportunity to come and get me but for whatever reason it hasn't happened."
Lawrence, 29, added: "Of course it's a big disappointment when a huge club like Celtic comes in for you and it looks like an exciting opportunity - but nothing materialises. Now I'm just focusing on the new season with Stoke."